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The 4 Reasons Why Twitter Has Failed

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I don't think I need to fill anyone in on all the cancel culture, toxicity, and stupidity that's been pretty inherent to Twitter since the very beginning, but I think we need to discuss WHY exactly this happened. I've already talked countless times about how Reddit's voting system is the platform's downfall by a long shot, but I never really talk in depth about the other major social media platforms, so today, we'll start with Twitter. I may have missed a few things though, so if I have, let me know.

1. Post length is restricted

When Twitter first started, no one could make an individual post that had more than 140 characters, and for roughly 11 years, that was how it worked. This was the first and probably most integral reason why Twitter failed and has failed as much as it has. While you could split what you needed to say into multiple posts or use TwitLonger to make a much larger post, it was kind of a pain, and not something most people did. So, right from the start, Twitter was dumbing down discussions everywhere. Tweets had to be appealing at face value, or many wouldn't read them. Now, later on, this restricted length was increased in 2017 to 280 characters, but it was too little too late. The site culture had long since been established and 280 characters just wasn't much of an improvement anyway.

2. Hashtags devolve arguments further into a single phrase

If it wasn't enough that all individual posts had to be only 140/280 chars. in length, Twitter also offered a way to further simplify a movement or idea to a single phrase. Now, the harm that this caused is a little more abstract. Basically though, the hashtags further encouraged hot takes. Something had to be shocking enough for a hashtag to spread effectively, even if it was total nonsense. Only the most loud and easy to understand hashtags could reach incredible popularity.

3. The combination of short post lengths, followers, and hashtags heavily encourage mob mentality

Now, if we add all this together, we see a cycle of simplistic posts, inflammatory or shocking hashtags, and followers often agreeing with said simplistic statements. Basically, the whole system encourages outrageous easy-to-understand posts in order to get more attention (followers). This is why mobs form so easily on the platform.

4. De-anonymization

And finally, although this one isn't entirely Twitter's fault, it is a factor nonetheless. Facebook was the one who first started the push to make everyone use their real names (more on them later), and since everyone became comfortable with that, and of course, it's tempting to give all the followers you've earned and may earn in the future your real face and name, you'll often see real names and pictures on Twitter accounts. If one de-anonymizes themselves, anything they say now is linked directly to their identity, which means that such people can be easily targeted in real life by hate mobs.

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So is there any hope for Twitter? I don't really think so, or at least not without making RADICAL changes to the platform. But if you're doing that, why not just make another platform altogether?
 

Vendor-Lazarus

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Good analysis.
Yeah, Twitter has had its time. The only thing holding it together now is that Trump is tweeting on it.
That, and already established factions. I'm actually seeing a trend towards people and corporations moving back to Facebook.
For corporations it's perfect (a controlled social media), but not so much for individuals.
 

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Lol what? You're acting like Twitter isn't still one of the most used platforms on the internet 😂

It hasn't failed.

Maybe it failed you though.
 

Arnox

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Lol what? You're acting like Twitter isn't still one of the most used platforms on the internet 😂

It hasn't failed.

Maybe it failed you though.
Arnox said:
I don't think I need to fill anyone in on all the cancel culture, toxicity, and stupidity that's been pretty inherent to Twitter since the very beginning, but I think we need to discuss WHY exactly this happened.
That said, maybe the title could be better, yes. It may not be failing in numbers, but it's certainly failing as a good social media platform and it will continue to fail as long as the problems listed exist.
 

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I stand corrected:
(2010 -2019) They stopped reporting active users since 2019.
Now they count monetizable users:
(2017-2020)
 

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You guys use Twitter though? I never felt attracted to that thing honestly, and every year that passed it turned more and more into a shit show. I made a single twitter account with an alt email I got just so I could use it to get free games when the thing would require you to promote something of theirs on twitter aka a retweet. So far I've used it maybe 5 times in the 6 years since I made the thing, other than that I have no use for it.
 

Arnox

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You guys use Twitter though? I never felt attracted to that thing honestly, and every year that passed it turned more and more into a shit show. I made a single twitter account with an alt email I got just so I could use it to get free games when the thing would require you to promote something of theirs on twitter aka a retweet. So far I've used it maybe 5 times in the 6 years since I made the thing, other than that I have no use for it.
I made a Twitter account LONG ago for the site, and then used it, like, once.
 

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You guys use Twitter though? I never felt attracted to that thing honestly, and every year that passed it turned more and more into a shit show. I made a single twitter account with an alt email I got just so I could use it to get free games when the thing would require you to promote something of theirs on twitter aka a retweet. So far I've used it maybe 5 times in the 6 years since I made the thing, other than that I have no use for it.
No. I have no twitter account. Nor an instagram, imgur, reddit, etsy or whatsapp one.
 
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